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Sept. 17, 1999 Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Hertel to start at quarterback for Cobbers in Family
The Cobber football team is looking for a new beginning after the loss to Moorhead State University last week. The team will also have a new quarterback at the helm as they go up against MIAC rival Bethel Saturday.
Junior Jeff Hertel who came in the second half of the MSU game will start at the quarterback position.
“We thought ‘[Rob] Szymanski started last game, now lets have Hertel start the next game’,” head coach Jim Christopherson said. “We still may make a change at half. We will have to see how its going.”
While there is increased pressure on Hertel this week because of the quarterback situation he feels ready for the task.
“There is going to be pressure, but good pressure,” Hertel said. “It will make me push myself harder.”
Christopherson said that there was no decision on a permanent starting quarterback and that they will have to take a little more time to decide that.
“I don’t want to jump into stuff,” Hertel said. “Szymanski still is
a very good quarterback. I will give it my best shot. I am really happy
about getting the opportunity to start, though.”
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Augsburg slips past Cobbers in MIAC opener
In their first battle of MIAC volleyball conference play, the Concordia netters fought, but could not overcome Augsburg College in a 3-2 game loss. The game gives the Cobbers a record of 1-3.
"We need consistency in our play," said Concordia coach Tim Mosser. "When we have it, we do great."
The Cobbers opened the first game quickly, creating a strong 8-2 lead over Augsburg. The Auggies took advantage of some missed serves to sneak back into the game. Concordia held its own on the court, digging all Augsburg could throw at them. Two runs allowed the Auggies to push ahead and eventually win the game by a score of 15-13.
"Both teams played really hard, as indicated by the score," said Augsburg coach Thanh Pham. "We were lucky to come in and take one out." Game two ran much like the first, with Concordia coming out to the early lead. The two teams rallied against one another to inch forward in scoring. After an Augsburg time out, the Auggies soared ahead with a run of seven points. Although the Cobbers refocused themselves, they were unable to regain the lead and lost the second game by a score of 15-12. "In both games one and two we were up big and had mental intensity," said Mosser. "Then we let them back into it. Once you let them believe, then you are in a dogfight."
The Cobbers regained their mental intensity for the third game of the match, capturing an early lead. Augsburg struggled to tie up the score at six. After a point by Concordia, the Auggies shot ahead with five consecutive points. The Cobbers held their ground and with a series of kills won the third game 16-14.
"We passed well and played great," said Mosser. "We need to pass and serve at all times."
Augsburg took off running in the fourth game coming out with 4 unanswered points. The Cobbers stepped in to rally against them and take over the lead 10-7. Concordia lost the lead only for a moment and fought back to win the fourth game 15-13.
"Concordia has a great team," noted Pham. "We look forward to being rivals in the future."
With both teams tied at two games apiece, the match came down to rally scoring. Although Concordia played passionately, Augsburg came out with the early lead and never looked back. They won the game and the match with the last 15-9 game.
"When we walked in the door we believed we could do it, and we played like that," said Pham. "Concordia is a great team, they should expect nothing but good things."
The Cobbers displayed their combined talents with Anne Larson who led blocking with eight and Sam Sariano added 17 kills for the match. Sophomore Kristy Anderson showcased 54 assists and Stacy Davis made 21 digs for the Cobbers.
"I really believe this team is one of the top in the conference and we are going to work hard to get there," said Mosser. "We're too good to not be great."
The Cobbers will play four matches this weekend at the St. Ben’s Tournament.
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Men's Soccer |
Injuries contribute to men's soccer losses
The Cobber men’s soccer team lacked the depth to pull of a victory in two games last weekend. The team, depleted by injuries, was shut out by National College last Friday, then lost to Friends University on a late goal to bring their overall record to 1-2-1 on the season.
“We definitely know we can play better,” senior Eric Singer said. “We weren’t down on the weekend, but we weren’t satisfied either. We have to look at what we did wrong and improve on it.”
Concordia went into the weekend with six players on the sidelines nursing injuries, including team captain senior Dustin Holt and most of the starting defensive line. Midfielders had to extend their range to help out on defense, which lead to the team wearing down too early. By only comparing the statistics, the team looks similar to last years 8-10 team. However, according to senior Micah Benson, fans have no reason to expect another disappointing season.
“Last year’s team didn’t have much leadership,” Benson said. “The team was split apart and in different groups. This year, we’re more of a single unit. Last year, I would have been more concerned, but this year I know that once our unit gets together, we will really gel.”
Senior Cully Brachmier said that the team is frustrated with the losses, but also sees some positives in the games.
“The positive side of the injuries was that we could see some players in new positions,” Bachmeier said. “They could get a feel for the competition before we enter our MIAC schedule. Before, it was hard to fit them all in with a strong senior class. The freshmen responded well to the challenge.”
Bachmeir said that there is a chance that the Cobbers will enter this weekend’s Cobber Classic Tournament with a much healthier line up, but the team won’t rush players back onto the field. The team’s priorities are focused on the MIAC season, Benson said, and they will use the rest of the preseason to prepare for the tough conference schedule.
“Hopefully we can get them back,” Bachmeier said. “It will give us the depth we need to play the whole 90 minutes.”
The Cobbers will play their first home games of the season this weekend as they close out their exhibition schedule. Bachmeir said the team has been looking forward to the home opener for many reasons.
“It’s Family Weekend and we haven’t had a home game yet,” Bachmeier said. “We’ll have some enthusiasm. People are excited to come out and see a soccer game, and Concordia is such a great environment, so there’s definitely going to be extra enthusiasm.”
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Women's Soccer |
Women's soccer continues to dominate
“I think the biggest improvement is just the bonding of the team,” head coach Dean Hashbarger said. “I think we are closer together as a team and they seem to be enjoying practices. I think the new kids that have come in have given us a push and a boost.”
Senior captain Julie Fretheim also feels that the freshmen have added a few more offensive weapons, which has really helped out with scoring goals.
The Cobbers did a good job of controlling the tempo of the game and not allowing St. Scholastica to get into their rhythm.
“To have Jordi come and break Deb Idstrom’s record and then to have Kendra come back and do it is a testament to the rest of the players on the team and the way they get the ball up to the people that need to have it,” Hashbarger said. “That was a record I wasn’t sure would even be broken. They have the opportunity to break records because of the unselfishness of the team.”
Concordia’s defense held St. Scholastica to just four shots for the game.
“We have been working really hard on our defensive positioning and its really showing in our game,” Hashbarger said. “We are really crowding the field when we need to. We generate our offense from our defense.” Sophomore Marijka Belgum-Gabbert added two goals and senior Allison Smith, freshman Meghan Hansen and Kortan each scored a goal apiece. The Cobbers added one more goal to finish off St. Scholastica.
“We have it in our minds and hearts to do well,” Kortan said. “This year we have four forwards which helps keep us fresh. When two our on the field two are resting up always giving us fresh forwards. I think our passing came together. We are still trying to figure out where everyone is going. “
Freshman goalie Kathy Braun continued to improve, allowing only one goal which came late in the second half.
The young players bring youth and funk to the team,” senior captain Allison Daehlin said. “We need to keep focusing on playing tough,and keeping our intensity up. We don’t have a lot of people, but [the players] we have play really well.”
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Men's Cross Country |
Men's cross country takes fourth at St. John's
The nationally ranked MIAC powerhouse St. John’s was the only Division III school to beat Concordia’s men's cross country team on Friday at the St. John's Invitational. Mankato State and South Dakota State, both Division II schools, also beat Concordia, leaving the Cobbers with a fourth place finish at the meet.
"St. John’s has always been one of the strong teams in the MIAC," said freshman Brian Klug.
Currently, St. Johns is ranked fifth in the nation.
"St. John’s has 23 freshmen alone and we've got 21 people on our whole team,” said junior Chris Goebel. “We eventually want to get three of our runners in their top five."
Goebel was Concordia's first finisher of the 8k race with a time of 27:34. "My time for [the 8k] has improved a lot,” Goebel said. “For the first meet, it was a really good start for me."
"I think we're much improved from last year," said head coach Garrick Larson. "We've returned everyone in our top 10 from last year and most of them ran 500 miles or more this summer."
Larson said improvement has also come from the demanding two-a-day practices his runners complete. Practices include running three to five miles and lifting every morning at six and running eight to 13 miles every afternoon at four, five days a week.
"There is no time for Nintendo -- no time for frilly extras," said coach Larson. "The guys run, eat, study and enjoy the company along the way. Rarely do I hear a complaint, even running at six in the morning." Klug admits running is not the first thing he'd like to be doing at six a.m., but "that's what it's going to take to compete well."
The team supports each other during practices Ramstad said. "In workouts, we're running a lot closer together and pushing each other through intervals,” he said. “We're looking forward to a really good season if we keep it up."
The team's dedication not only shows in their practices and meet performances, but also in their academic life; Concordia men's cross country has made the National All Academic team the last two years. As for new recruits, coach Larson said he has a handful of freshmen who will be good in the future. He expects them to improve and eventually follow in the footsteps of the stronger and more experienced upperclassmen. In order to do so, "It all goes back to summer miles," he said.
The team’s next meet is tonight at the University of North Dakota.
Women's Cross Country |
Women's cross country complete another strong showing
Concordia’s women’s cross country team finished third last Friday at the St. John’s and St. Benedict Invitational. The Cobbers were the second Division III team to finish, behind South Dakota State, a Division II team, and St. Thomas.
“We took first the year before,” said junior Beth Moen. “It’s always hard having Division II teams there, but they give us good competition. The fact that they beat us doesn’t devastate us. It doesn’t affect our attitude. We were very happy to finish third, because it was very tough competition.
Senior Barb Breidenbach was the Cobbers’ first finisher, placing sixth overall. Heidi Brenden finished soon after Breidenbach to take eighth place. While these two runners are usually expected to finish high in the standings, Concordia was also helped by two rookie runners. Freshman Katie Martin took 11th, and Junior Becky Frederick, in her first collegiate race, finished 26th out of 133 runners.
“I really had a joy ride,” Frederick said. “”Nobody was disappointed in their finish. We were just having fun running together, and enjoying each other as people.”
Moen said that the Cobbers were set back by injuries. Four runners had to sit the race out, including Moen.
“Everybody is so important in cross country,” Moen said. “If one person pushes herself, and the person ahead of them runs a little harder, and it just keeps going until our first runner. Cross country may seem like an individual sport, but it’s really a team effort.”
A third place finish seems even more impressive when the team’s practice schedule is considered. Concordia managed to be among the meet’s best teams, even though many runners considered it another warm up for the MIAC season.
“We have a very strong training program this season,” Moen said. “We’re training through our meets, so we are really tired. We normally take it easier in practice before meets once the MIAC season starts, but we’re still doing intense runs right up until our meets.”
Until the MIAC season begins, Concordia will continue a regime that includes running hard two times a day. The team practices early in the morning, and again in the evening. While these practices will hurt their preseason races, the team realizes they will be one step ahead of the competition once the conference competition begins.
Women's Golf |
Women's golf ranked third in nation, first in region
Concordia’s women’s golf team is the third ranked Division III team in the country and the top ranked team in the region, according to the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings released on Wednesday. The poll, administered by the College Golf Foundation, is based on votes from members of the National Golf Coaches Association. The Cobbers ranked behind only perennial powers Methodist College and Hardin-Simmons University.
The Cobbers headed the list of three MIAC teams in the top five places in the region, which includes schools from Minnesota and Iowa. Concordia’s rank was heavily influenced by their performance through tough conditions last weekend at the Concordia Invitational. It was rainy, cold and windy, but that didn't stop the Cobbers from capturing an impressive third place finish in the Invitational tournament last Saturday and Sunday.
With 20 teams present at the tournament, the Cobbers, who finished only behind two Division II teams, defeated teams around the state and nation, including most of the MIAC teams.
"It shows we can compete with the Division II schools and finish with them," senior Christie Strecker said. "Finishing first among the MIAC schools gives us a great view of what we can do at the conference meet." The bad weather caused a two-hour rain delay on Saturday, something that challenged the mental game of the Cobbers.
"It affected everybody," head coach Duane Siverson said. "You always have the idea you're going to go out and play 18 holes and be done. I credit the kids. I admire their positive attitude and how they hung in there."
The Cobbers finished third behind Nebraska-Kearney and the University of Minnesota, Mankato. Junior Jenni Kovash led the Cobbs with a score of 161 and a third place in the overall individual competition.
The Cobbers also participated in the Concordia Open last Friday, a one-day 18 hole individual tournament. Senior Kari Weidner finished in first place with a score of 79 while senior Christie Strecker finished third with a score of 82.
"We need to continue to improve," Siverson said. "This could be the best team we've ever had, but we need to buckle down and work on our shortcomings."
The Cobbers hope to place in the top two in the region so they play in the Division III national tournament. This is the first year that nationals will be divided by division, so this presents a new challenge to the team.
"The toughest teams are the ones that win and that's usually been us," Siverson said. "It's established that we are probably the team to beat. Our players expect to win every tournament."
Men's Golf |
No men's Concordian golf story this week. The Cobbers took part
in the Bemidji State Open on Sunday and Monday,
finishing 10th in the 16-team field. They begin play today in Fargo in
the three-day NDSU Erv Kaiser tournament.